Newcastle United’s Christian Atsu is enjoying one of his best runs in the team right now, having started the last six consecutive Premier League fixtures.
The 27-year-old attacker appears to have regained some confidence to help him provide some extra pace and dynamism to the Magpies in the final third.
But despite his upturn in form, he is still without a goal or assist in 22 games across all competitions this season.
His end product should ultimately cost him his place in the starting XI and suffer the axe from manager Rafael Benitez moving forward.
Newcastle managed to strengthen during the January transfer window and that should have a knock on effect that means Atsu drops down to the bench for the foreseeable future.
Miguel Almiron is a creative playmaker that has to come into the team following his arrival at St James’ Park and he should provide more end product than £6million signing Atsu (Guardian).
Meanwhile, Matt Ritchie should be pushed further forward into a wide role and he is another that should be above Atsu in the pecking order.
Ritchie has been covering as a left wing-back recently for Newcastle, but they now have January loan sining Antonio Barreca from Monaco to fill the void at full-back.